Monday, August 14, 2017


Anthony Rendon:  2/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .302.  Boy Rendon better not screw me again in 2018 like he did in 2016 because I am in love with him again.

Chris Stratton:  6.2 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.91.  The Giants' 2012 first-round pick surprised with the strikeouts and the overall good outing today but he has had nothing but a middling K/9 on the farm and his minor league numbers prior to his promotion this season was mehhh.

Josh Donaldson:  2/3 with his 16th HR while hitting .255.  Donaldson is coming through down the stretch which is the least he can do after his no-show first three months.

Justin Smoak:  2/4 with his 32nd HR while hitting .299.  I mean the power is no shock at all here but the average is still run the eyes to make sure it is legit shocking.

J.A. Happ:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.63.  This is Happ telling all of you that yes last season was in fact real.

Edwin Encarnacion:  1/4 with his 24th HR while hitting .251.  There is no doubt that Encarnacion is slipping a bit and big-bodied sluggers like him have a tendency to quickly fall off a cliff.  I am done with the guy going forward.

Steven Souza Jr.:  1/2 with his 25th HR while hitting .261.  With Logan Morrison slumping, Souza Jr. now takes the precious yearly title of "Best Tampa Bay Ray hitting/pitching Value Of the Year."  That has been quite the list in the past I might add.

Corey Kluber:  7 IP 4 H 3 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.71.  You knew Kluber had more than 8 K without even looking.

Giancarlo Stanton:  1/4 with his 42nd HR while hitting .281.  I said yesterday that now that Stanton has cleared the 40-home run mark for the first time in his career, he could quickly get to 50 with the pressure off.  Here we go.

Brian Dozier:  2/5 with his 23rd HR while hitting .258.  Once again Dozier has gotten quite hot after the All-Star Break but not nuclear like thw second half of last season.  Good player but Dozier will forever be chasing that performance.

Trevor Hildenberger:  scoreless 1.1 IP with 3 K for first save with an ERA of 3.13.  This should be the future closer for the Twinkies.

Michael Conforto:  1/5 with his 26th HR while hitting .285.  Love everything about this kid.  I said throughout the struggles last season and this spring where Conforto was my very FIRST Player Analyzer leading up to 2017 that the talent will eventually rise to the surface.  Yuppers.

Curtis Granderson:  3/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .230.  Someone should pick this ultra-good guy up for a playoff run.  Still say it is five years or slightly more until Grandy is the Player Association President.

Adam Duvall:  1/4 with his 27th HR while hitting .262.  Feel like Duvall is stamped into the Wrapup every day since the All-Star Break.

Domingo Santana:  1/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .274.  Strikes out too much to add the .300 hitting bonus but Santana has put himself firmly on the OF 3 map going forward.

Whit Merrifield:  3/6 with his 14th HR while hitting .296.  Royals have their second baseman of the present and future.  Merrifield hinted at this last season during the second half and his smooth swing (just 13.5 K/9 rate) and late to bloom power have been nice to see.  Your classic late bloomer at 28.

Paul DeJong:  3/5 with his 18th HR while hitting .297.  This guy has 18 home runs and it feels like he has only been around with the Cards for 18 days.

Jose Altuve:  2/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .362.  Geez adding now 25 possible home runs on top of everything else seems almost unfair if you own him in fantasy baseball.  Which I do.

Adrian Beltre:  2/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .311.  Seems like another guy who will go off into retirement whenever that is batting .300.

Ken Giles:  scoreless ninth for 23rd save with an ERA of 2.86.  It needs to be said that Giles has really stepped forward with his performance this season.

Matt Chapman:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .228.  Power is solid but then again everyone has power these days in fantasy baseball.  Chapman needs to add something else to have any interest in his name next season.

Manny Machado:  3/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .259.  The average has been a rough uphill climb since the BABIP-fueled bad luck to begin the season but Machado has been terrific once again underneath it all.

Javier Baez:  2/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .270.  I can't think of many guys this season who have made the most of their inconsistent playing time.

Ian Happ:  1/1 with his 15th HR while hitting .248.  Has to close some of the sizable holes in his swing for me to get more excited in 2018.

Kris Bryant:  3/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .294.  What is funny about Bryant and Machado is that many of their owners would admit to being letdown by them.  Stupid.

Paul Goldschmidt:  1/3 with his 28th HR while hitting .318.  I own Goldy, Machado, and Altuve.  Live is good in the Experts League this season where I am holding first place now after sitting in second most of the season.

Zack Godley:  5.2 IP 4 H 2 ER 4 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.95.  Even in a losing effort the K's continue to jump off the page.

Justin Turner:  2/4 with 2 home runs (17 for season) while hitting .346.  Just look at what this guy has done the last three seasons.  Wow no one would have guessed he would do half that after watching his early utility days with the New York Mets.

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